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Randy Durband

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Name: Randy Durband
Position: Chief Executive Officer
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Randy Durband has had two careers in travel and tourism – twenty-plus years in senior leadership positions at some of the finest U.S. tour operators, having served as President for Travcoa, INTRAV, and Clipper Cruise Lines, (brands within TUI Travel plc), plus Executive Vice President of Tauck World Discovery. Following that, in his second travel and tourism career, Randy advanced the work of Sustainable Tourism as an advisor, consultant, and speaker.  He brings his knowledge of the business of travel, his global network of travel professionals, and a passion for sustainability to support the GSTC and the general sustainable tourism movement.

Randy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Sustainabble Tourism Council. He has held several board positions and committee memberships in travel and tourism organizations, and is a frequent speaker on sustainable tourism issues.

 

Luigi Cabrini

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Name: Luigi Cabrini
Position: Board Chair
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Mr Luigi Cabrini, is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and an Advisor to the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Mr Cabrini has been the Director of the UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Programme from 2007 until 2013, focusing its activities on tourism and climate change, tourism and biodiversity, observatories for sustainable tourism, tourism in the green economy, tourism and heritage and global partnerships. From 2002 to 2007 he was UNWTO Regional Representative for Europe and Secretary of the UNWTO General Assembly and Executive Council. From 1982 to 2002 he was responsible of United Nations programmes for development and assistance and protection of refugees, including Representative's positions in Guatemala, Mexico, Somalia, Pakistan, Poland and Spain. Luigi Cabrini is fluent in Italian, English, French and Spanish and has basic knowledge of Russian and Polish. He is the author of various articles, speeches and papers.

Amos Bien

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Name: Amos Bien
Position: Technical Director
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Amos is a population ecologist by academic training and administrator, and works in the field of the sustainability of tourism and standardization. He was the lead consultant in developing the “Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria”, author of the “Tourism Sustainability Scorecard” for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), member of the ISO Technical Committee on Tourism, author of the “Guide for Tourism: Instrument for Environmental and Social Management” (IUCN) for the environmental authorities of Central America and the Dominican Republic, and lead consultant for the study “Policy elements for the sustainability of cruise tourism in Central America” (IDB and INCAE). He also recently worked for the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) on sustainable tourism issues, where he coordinated the projects for establishing a Global Sustainable Tourism Partnership and the Sustainable Investment and Finance in Tourism (SIFT) initiative.

He is a founding member of the GSTC and is the founder and CEO of Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge and Reserve, one of the first ecolodges and private reserves in Costa Rica. He has also worked as a university professor, and in business administration, environmental auditing, and construction. He was the founding president of the Costa Rican Private Nature Reserves Association, president of the Costa Rican Youth Hostel Association, treasurer of the Federation of Costa Rican Environmental Organizations, member of the National Biodiversity Commission, and a country representative to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development.

Hilary Sgalitzer

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Name: Hilary Sgalitzer
Position: Director of Operations
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Hilary recently finished her Masters of Science in Sustainable Tourism at the University of Utah.  Her research involved investigating tourists' motivations to donate to a travelers' philanthropy program at Ol Pejeta Conservancy located in Kenya, Africa.  During her time at the University of Utah she was also a Research Assistant, which led to the involvement of a number of other sustainable tourism studies.  Additionally, she served a diverse set of roles in the sustainability industry, such as: guest services at a small ecotourism resort in California, instructing backcountry leadership expeditions in Washington and Wyoming, and coordinating volunteer trail restoration projects on Colorado's popular fourteener summit trails.  Hilary also has an extensive background in wildlife biology and restoration science.  She worked for many years as a field researcher studying endangered species in the coastal watersheds of Northern California and the high alpine lakes of the Eastern Sierra.  Currently, Hilary also serves as the Membership Coordinator for The International Ecotourism Society.  

 

 

 

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